African Ringneck Parakeet

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
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About African Ringneck Parakeet

16 inches
40 years
Bird Species
Vocal, Natural Calls, Mimics, Talkative, Noisy
Vocal, Natural Calls, Mimics, Talkative, Noisy
Social, Fun, Friendly, Cuddly, Affectionate, Playful, Energetic
Comparable Breeds
Alexandrine Parakeet, Senegal Parrot
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African Ringneck Parakeet General Info

The African Ringneck Parakeet is a peculiar and unique breed, but, nevertheless, a very popular pet parrot. And with their great variety of fantastic personality traits and interesting appearance, it really is no wonder that they quickly become loved pets and family members all over the world. These energetic, fun talkers are often very playful but can be a handful, as well. The African Ringneck Parakeet stands quite apart from their close Indian cousins – both with their personality and their looks, full of distinct details. So, if you want a fun and playful pet parrot with a great personality, then the African Ringneck Parakeet might just be the pet you are looking for!

These parakeets are one of the rare breeds that are not threatened. In fact, their numbers are steadily increasing.

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Native Region/Natural Habitat

As their name suggests, these parrots are naturally found in a narrow region in Africa. This region cuts through the heart of the continent and cuts through countries like Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Uganda, Somalia, and Ethiopia. They are also common in the valleys of the Nile river, and the famous city of Giza. This region includes a variety of habitats, and in all of them, these parakeets thrive. African Ringneck Parakeet is also commonly seen in some of the world’s biggest capitals. These are the small populations that emerged from parrots that escaped from captivity. These thriving populations are another proof of the durability and great adaptability of Ringneck parakeets.

Overall Description

While Indian Ringneck Parakee t and African Ringneck Parakeet are two very closely related subspecies, they do have some considerable differences and subtle details that make it possible to tell them apart. The adults reach an average length of around 16 inches (40 centimeters) and usually weigh a bit over 5 ounces (150 grams). They have the distinct parakeet slender build and a prominent long tail that can take more than half of their total length. This is the reason why African Ringneck Parakeet will require a roomy cage and plenty of space to move around.

Speech and Sounds

Ringnecks are not known for being overly noisy, but they do love to express themselves vocally. Besides their moderately loud natural calls, they are known as skilled talkers and decent mimics. A pet African Ringneck Parakeet can build a small vocabulary of commonly repeated phrases and always surprise you with a new word they picked up. Also, common sounds such as phones, alarms, and barking dogs will often be repeated with intriguing similarity. Having this in mind, it’s understandable why African Ringnecks are best kept as house pets.


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There aren’t a lot of readily visible color differences between the Indian and African Ringnecks. But once you take a good look and familiarize yourself with their subtle and unique details, you will quickly realize that a few special traits set them apart. The body is entirely light, tropical green, with lighter, yellowish tones on the chest and belly. Their heads are where the details are – they stand apart from the females with their wide black chin straps, pink collar, and the back of the neck, and the light blue shades on the cheeks. The beak is dark red. Females, lacking all the intricate markings, are easy to tell apart from the males. Needless to say, with all these peculiar and exotic details, the African Ringneck Parakeet is a charming and beautiful bird.

Without all the elaborate lines and head details, the females are easy to recognize.

Care and Feeding

Commercial seed mixes that are designed specifically for parakeets will be a great foundation for your pet’s diet. The ready-made parrot food ensures your pet gets a varied and rich nutrition of seeds, millet and sometimes nuts. This is a good basis which you will need to enrich with various fresh fruits and green vegetables, or even some cooked rice or chicken. A fresh source of drinking water must be changed daily and bathing dishes on a regular occasion. This ensures good hygiene, which is an essential part of proper pet parrot care.

Health and Common Conditions

African Ringneck Parakeet is well known for its adaptability and hardiness, proven by their numerous thriving populations in the wild. If you take good care of their living conditions, they should do more than well in your home, too. You should also remember that large pet parrots like these Ringneck parakeets can be a big commitment and a companion with many needs. You need to make sure you can provide all that is needed for this loving bird that requires your attention, care, and love, just like every other pet.

Social interaction is one of the most important aspects of good pet care.

Personality & Behavior

Playful and energetic, the African Ringneck Parakeet is a parrot that always radiates happiness. They are rarely dull or grumpy, and as such, they will easily brighten up your day, especially with all the silly tricks and cuddly charades. Coming home to a joyful pet that is full of play can only be a good thing. And when they start surprising you with newly learned words the entertainment will simply flow. Find out for yourself why they are so loved and popular. Who knows, the African Ringneck Parakeet might just be your next companion.

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Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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